Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan did not discuss the war in Ukraine during a bilateral meeting in Kazakhstan on October 13, the Kremlin said.
Before the meeting, Erdogan has given signs that he is ready to mediate between the parties involved in the conflict, saying that diplomacy would provide opportunities for “proper peace” so that the bloodshed stops.
“The issue of resolving the Russian-Ukrainian issue has not been discussed,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the RIA news agency.
The Turkish presidency has not yet commented on this meeting. Turkey, a member of NATO, has remained neutral since the start of Russia’s war in Ukraine.
It has not joined Western sanctions against Russia, and has maintained good relations with Kiev and Moscow.
Turkish authorities have organized two meetings between Moscow and Kiev to discuss peace, although the last such meeting was held in March, without any results.
The Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, said on October 13 that there can be no talks with Putin, since, according to him, diplomacy with leaders who do not respect international law is impossible.
On October 12, Zelensky told the leaders of the group of seven most industrialized countries (G7) not to dialogue with the Russian leader, who believes only in terror and “has no future”.
The war in Ukraine started on February 24. Russian President Vladimir Putin calls the war a “special military operation” to demilitarize Ukraine.
The West has responded to Russia, hitting the economy of this country with harsh sanctions.
As a result of the war, thousands of people have died and millions more have been displaced from their homes.
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